If you read the comments at Teen Vogue online, girls as young as 11 aspire to be in the glamorous fashion industry. If you believe this is your calling, there are many things you need to think about before pursuing your training.
To begin with, fashion in the United States is concentrated in New York and California. In the world, Paris, Milan, and London are fashion capitals as well. That is where the majority of fashion industry jobs will be concentrated so you will need to consider relocation, plus the living expenses of a large metropolitan or tourist area.
Fashion is generally thought of in just several areas: clothing, accessories, or footwear. Obviously there are many satellite businesses such as, sportswear, bridal and formal wear fashion, maternity, intimate apparel and so forth.
Designers vary in their skills but basically they: study trends, research, sketch designs, select fabrics, create prototypes, follow fashion trends, service private clients, work with manufacturers, visit and do trade shows, work with media, create campaigns, and seek marketing, promotional and retail activities and opportunities.
A product design is a long-term project taking anywhere from a year-and-a-half to two years to come to fruition.